A Grateful Community Welcomes Home Its ‘Fairy Godmother’

            There was sunlight after a storm, rousing band music in the background, cupcakes, and a large warm and welcoming crowd when the Elizabeth Taber statue was officially “unveiled” and given to the Town of Marion. Sitting in casual posture yet with an elegance and grace one can only imagine Taber possessed in life, the […] Read more »

Dear Post Office, I Love You!

            There has never been a time in my life when the US Postal Service did not matter. Some of my earliest memories of growing up in Onset include going to the post office for my mother. Our dependence on the services provided by the USPS was high with nearly daily interaction with the postal […] Read more »

Wild Turkeys Find Home in Suburbia

            The wild turkey has made a remarkable revival in numbers from near extinction in Massachusetts when the last one was killed in the year 1840 until today; the state population is approximately 25,000.             Frequent attempts at stocking over the years failed because pen-raised hens did not have wildlife survival skills to teach their […] Read more »

Gravestone Art and Symbolism in the Tri-Town

            The Mattapoisett Museum hosted a virtual presentation by the Gravestone Girls, experts in the field of deciphering not only the craved imagery of early gravestones but also burial practices of the past. And while this is the time of the year when cemeteries play to dark themes in a run-up to the Halloween celebration, […] Read more »

Three Towns, Three Approaches to Emergency Preparedness

            The COVID-19 pandemic presents complications to an aging core of community volunteers in Marion, Mattapoisett, and Rochester, and each of the Tri-Town communities has a distinct model of its own in mind to maximize success in times of crisis.             Mattapoisett is affiliated with Middleborough-area Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), a national collaboration of medical […] Read more »

Herring Counts Better, but Not Good Enough

            It is believed that the mingling of river herring with ocean herring in the Atlantic resulted in an unintended commercial catch that, in large part, caused the massive drop in the amount of the small fish in the Mattapoisett River early in the 21st century.             Where it concerns herring, the Tri-Town has never […] Read more »

Drive-Thru Flu-Shots Draw over 150 Residents

            Strong winds ruled out the usage of tents, but the Town of Marion was determined to get through its first drive-through flu-shot clinic in anticipation of the day there might be an opportunity to administer a COVID-19 vaccine.             The flu clinic, held for residents on October 8 at the Benjamin D. Cushing Community […] Read more »

The Elizabeth Taber Statue: An Interview with Sculpture Erik Durant

            Erik Durant has been capturing the human form, facial expressions, and themes that run the gamut from mythology to real-life situations for many years. In his studio works, he can be free to explore subject matter as he pleases. When it comes to commissioned pieces the pressure is on to get it right, but […] Read more »

Marion Art Center Exhibit – A Narrative of Beauty

            The Marion Art Center has once again brought together works of art that could also be called works of wonder. The current exhibit, which opened on October 2 and runs through November 7, features maritime paintings, primarily watercolors, by Mike Mazer and bronze sculptures by Erik Durant. From light and air, pigments and water, […] Read more »

First Round of CARES Act Presented to Marion

            Representatives from Plymouth County met with Marion officials on September 25 to present the first federal CARES Act reimbursement check in the amount of $71,153.57. The check represents the first of four rounds of Marion’s $655,000 allowance in COVID-related, non-budgeted, non-anticipated reimbursement requests as administered by Plymouth County.             The first reimbursement covered the expenses of […] Read more »